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Ben BryceI am an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Northern British Columbia. I completed my PhD at York University in 2013 and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto in 2013-14. My research focuses on migration, social welfare, education, and religion in Argentina and Canada.

I am at present completing a book manuscript entitled Regimes of Pluralism: Language, Religion, and Ethnicity in Argentina and Canada, 1880-1930. Through the lens of thousands of German-speaking immigrants and their bilingual Argentine and Canadian children, it explores the connections between migration, language, education, and religion in the Americas in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. I examine the cultural policies of the state, the autonomy of immigrant parents and educators, and the influence of the Catholic and Lutheran Churches. Overall, I argue that the negotiation between state bureaucrats, community leaders, and bilingual children created two distinct forms of cultural pluralism in Argentina and Canada between 1880 and 1930.

Parts of this broader research project have appeared in the Canadian Historical Review, Estudios Migratorios Latinoamericanos, the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, and in edited volumes.

I am the co-editor of Entangling Migration History: Borderlands and Transnationalism in the United States and Canada (forthcoming with the University Press of Florida). The book explores how people, ideas, and policies transcended the political boundaries of the United States and Canada. It brings to light the value of situating the history of migration to the United States and Canada in broader comparative, borderland, and transnational contexts.